! Murcia Today – Buses to Corvera airport: not enough, at the wrong time and in the wrong place

Publication date: 05/16/2022

There is confusion and consternation in Murcia over planned summer bus routes to and from Corvera

The airport bus service between Cartagena and Murcia and Corvera Airport in Murcia has been canceled during the Covid-19 lockdown due to a lack of people flying into the area.

It has since been announced that from June there will be twelve daily buses run by the Interbus company, which will run to and from the airport to Murcia’s two main towns – three from each destination at the airport and three from the airport to the cities.

  • Murcia – Corvera: 8:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.; 8 p.m.
  • Corvera – Murcia: 10:55 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 9:30 p.m.
  • Cartagena – Corvera: 10 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 9:30 p.m.
  • Corvera – Cartagena: 9:10 a.m.; 12:10 p.m.; 8 p.m.

However, the scarcity of the number of buses put into service and the departure times do not correspond to the schedules of most flights departing from or arriving at the airport.

For example, the first bus from Cartagena leaves at 10am, but it will arrive too late for Cartagena residents who want to catch the first flights from Corvera to Brussels, Bristol, Bournemouth and London Stansted before 11am.

Conversely, the 1pm bus, which is the next bus from Cartagena to the airport, arrives well before the 5.10pm easyJet flight to London Gatwick. Despite the perpetual advice to always arrive at the airport two hours before your flight departs to allow plenty of time for check-in, anyone who has ever flown into Corvera Airport will know that it doesn’t take two hours to check in. save, let alone three and a half.

For the last buses of the day, those heading to the airport from Cartagena will arrive long after the last flights of the day have departed, as the last flights out of Corvera are usually the 21:30 Ryanair service to Dublin and the flight easyJet from 9:40 p.m. at Gatwick. This last bus will essentially be a useless service that will look like a ghost bus.

Similarly, the last buses from the airport to Murcia City and Cartagena leave too early to carry passengers arriving on the later flights of the day (also from Dublin and Gatwick).

The scarcity of buses and poorly scheduled service times will force many travelers to either take expensive taxis to and from the airport or find another way to get around. In addition, there has not yet been talk of restoring the bus lines to Mazarrón and Águilas, nor those to the Mar Menor and La Manga.

While the airport buses only serve the cities of Cartagena and Murcia, people who need to go to other localities such as Mazarrón, Camposol, San Javier, Los Alcázares or other towns around the Mar Menor will have to still take taxis to get to their final. destination.

Improve bus service

Of course, in order to put more buses to and from Cartagena and Murcia, as well as to include other popular destinations in the Murcia region at the stops, there must be sufficient demand and more flights passing through the airport .

For example, it is surprising that there are no flights between Corvera and anywhere in Germany or the Netherlands when many German and Dutch tourists and expatriates regularly wish to travel between the two destinations. There are also no flights from Sweden and only one Scottish destination.

The regional government of Murcia has promised to monitor the situation closely and will introduce more buses if it sees that there are many people who will use them. But if the service is at the wrong time for someone to use it, how and why is someone going to use it.

The situation is worth monitoring as the summer progresses, and things may improve as more flights come through and more bus services are (hopefully) added.

But at the moment the current plans for the airport bus to and from Murcia Corvera airport are woefully inadequate.

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